The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director's Eye

The Quality Instinct: Seeing Art Through a Museum Director's Eye

by Maxwell L. Anderson

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Overview

How do we judge what is good in art? Or more to the controversial point, can we judge art?
Acclaimed museum director Maxwell Anderson, newly named Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, enters the fray with The Quality Instinct.
Part personal memoir, part thinking person's guide to the museum, The Quality Instinct is filled with wit and humor, anecdotes, and insights from the author's 30 years in the highly competitive, often contentious art world.
Anderson takes us on a grand tour of ancient and contemporary art, sharing five simple metrics of quality that help us to increase our "visual literacy" as we learn to see, not simply look and judge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933253671
Publisher: American Alliance Of Museums
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Maxwell L. Anderson is the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: How I See It

1. An Apprenticeship in Seeing
2. Defining Quality in Art
3. How to See: The Detective’s Reflex
4. On Originality
5. Crafted with Skill
6. Confident in Subject or Theme
7. Compositional Coherence
8. Memorable for the Viewer
9. Finding Quality in the Art of Our Time
10.  Art and Muscle

Index

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